Durban – Drivers on the North Coast fear for their lives, claiming that taxi security are forcing cars to pull over on the N2 and are demanding money from them, North Coast Courier reports.
A Richard’s Bay resident who travels on the N2 to Ballito daily said VIP taxi security, armed with rifles, were pulling over cars that carried passengers.
From photos and descriptions of the vehicles, the guards are suspected to be from the KwaDukuza Taxi Association.
“I travel from Richard’s Bay to Ballito every morning around 7 am and pick up passengers from Stanger. Some mornings, the armed VIP taxi protection vehicles wait by the Shell Ultra City Garage or by Groutville, watching which cars are carrying passengers. When they do spot a vehicle, they chase them at high speed, cut in front of them and force them to pull over.”
The man said that just a week ago, the security company caused a minor accident while attempting to pull over a car.
“I was in the slow lane and the taxi security passed me between the yellow line and the bush. He was travelling at high speed, trying to stop a delivery vehicle in front of me who picked up staff at the Blythedale turn-off. The security went in front of the van and slowed down and the van actually hit the back of his car.
“It is quite scary because I have seen them carrying rifles on two occasions.”
The North Coast Courier highlighted taxi intimidation on the R102 for the past three weeks where motorists have reported being pulled over by taxi drivers from the Dolphin Coast Taxi Association, between Umhlali and Groutville.
Two weeks ago, a local bakkie driver who was travelling in a company vehicle was pulled over on the R102 by a man believed to be a taxi driver.
The victim was told that he had to pay a R2,000 fine for travelling on the road and if he did not, his vehicle would be set alight.
Responding to the cases on the R102, Dolphin Coast Taxi Association spokesperson Sunshine Mthiyane said they were aware of the problem and encouraged victims to open cases at SAPS or to report the taxi registration to the association.
“We do not support such behaviour and we have a division in the organisation that deals with disciplinary action. We are currently working with police to address the issue and to identify the culprits.”
Attempts to contact the KwaDukuza Taxi Association security company accused of bullying motorists on the N2 have been unsuccessful.
South African National Taxi Council regional chairperson Bongani Mkhwanazi condemned bullying of motorists and said they would investigate.
Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting
Kesavan Isaac Naidoo, the son-in-law of slain alleged Durban drug boss “Teddy Mafia” has survived a brazen attempted assassination on Wednesday, his family confirmed.
The incident took place at about 10am in Shallcross, south of Durban.
Naidoo, 41, is the son-in-law of Yaganathan Pillay – also known as Teddy Mafia.
He was shot twice in a daylight hit on Table Mountain Drive. The incident was captured on CCTV.
“Isaac was shot in both legs and his driver was shot in the hand. Both of them survived. They’re in hospital,” he said.
Pillay said Naidoo was in the back seat while his wife was in the front. The shooting, seen in the footage, takes place moments after they open the doors of their vehicle to get out.
In the footage, a white vehicle can be seen driving along Table Mountain Drive before it is stopped, partially blocking the left hand side of the road. Thirteen seconds later, Naidoo’s vehicle, a white Toyota Fortuna, pulls up.
The back passenger door of the Fortuner is opened, but it is not clear from the footage who the person was who opened it or if they got out of the vehicle.
Naidoo’s wife is seen getting out of the front passenger side of the vehicle and walks towards the rear of the SUV.
Suddenly, four men alight from the stationary vehicle, three of them drawing firearms and running towards the Fortuner, firing multiple shots. The fourth man stands next to the white car.
As the bullets are fired, Naidoo’s driver accelerates and drives past the other vehicle. Naidoo is presumably in the vehicle as it speeds away, but this could not immediately be confirmed.
Pillay said Naidoo was doing “OK”.
Police have been approached for comment, and this story will be updated.
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 13, 2021
Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline
Facebook is currently experiencing an outage impacting its family of sites including WhatsApp and Instagram.
Most Facebook users are seeing an error message that says ‘This site can’t be reached.’ On Instagram, the error message shows as a 5xx Server Error message.
The outage is impacting users on both desktop and mobile.
“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Andy Stone, policy communications manager at Facebook, tweeted on Monday. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
— Facebook (@Facebook) October 4, 2021
Facebook Messenger and Oculus are also experiencing outages.
The first reports on DownDetector.com started around 5pm.
According to The Verge, the issue is likely related to a DNS issue. When Slack experienced an outage last week, it was also related to DNS issues.
Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion
A home invasion on Sunday night left a man dead and his wife fighting for her life after they were shot by robbers in Randpark, Johannesburg.
Emer-G-Med private emergency services paramedics found the man had sustained fatal gunshot wounds and he was declared dead.
His wife was also shot several times and was stabilised before being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Reports from the scene indicated there were several armed assailants.
Police are investigating the incident.- TimesLIVE
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